Man takes police on short car chase; accent lighting alerts other motorists

Published 11:06 am Friday, February 20, 2015

Police charged a Salisbury teen following a short vehicle chase after other motorists were alerted by the accent lighting on his pickup.

Salisbury Police charged Cody Ryan Fox, 18, of the 400 block of Neel Road, with felony fleeing to elude arrest, misdemeanor careless and reckless driving, misdemeanor resist, delay, obstruct an officer, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor larceny.

Motorists traveling on Mooresville Road told authorities they saw blue and red flashing lights coming from a red pickup.

An officer driving in the opposite direction spotted the truck and turned around, but the driver, he said, did not stop.

The pickup was driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone and then turned onto Sherrills Ford Road. The driver passed a scooter on a double yellow line, a report said.

He continued to speed until he finally pulled over at Majolica Road beside a gray Jeep.

When police asked the driver, later identified as Cody Fox, he told them he was trying to catch up to his wife, who he said was in the jeep so that he could tell her he was being pulled over by police.

Fox told the officer he was changing his lights, which he had underneath the truck and inside the truck, in a parking lot.

Once police stopped Fox, theyf ound a smoking pipe, marijuana residue and 10 grams of a synthetic marijuana material called Zembio Bizarro Cherry Flavored Spice in his pocket.

The teen had to be shocked with a Taser because he refused to be handcuffed. He locked his arms, made a fist and did not place his hands behind his back.

He was issued a $3,500 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center. Fox was convicted in July of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.